Mini guide to Taunton
Famous for its cider, Taunton is a town with a rich and interesting history dating
back to Roman times. Located in Somerset, it was of great significance to the
Saxon King Ine of Wessex, who erected an earthen castle around 700 AD, while sometime
before 904 AD other Saxons dwellers erected the area's first monastery. While
the town has retained elements of its history and heritage, the last half decade
has seen Taunton become a busy regional shopping town.
During WWII the town played a key role in England's strategy against the Germans
when the Bridgwater and Taunton Canals were utilised to form part of the Taunton
Stop Line. The Somerset Military Museum is well worth a visit and features displays
chronicling the history of the Somerset Light Infantry and other Somerset regiments.
Hestercombe Gardens, over 40 acres of land, lakes, streams and scenic woodlands
provides hours of rambling and makes a pleasant day out, while Sheppy's Cider
Farm Centre gives visitors an interesting insight into the making of the county's
most popular drink. The centre offers 47 acres of orchards, a picnic area and
a rural life museum.
Taunton has a good variety of restaurants with traditional British establishments
available alongside international cuisine; the likes of Indian, French, Italian
and Chinese eating establishments are all on offer. The town's charming rural
pubs are a good place to sample some of the locally made cider amid the pleasant
and welcoming atmosphere provided by the locals.
The neighbouring town of Wellington provides an interesting day out from Taunton.
Famous for its extensive selection of speciality shops, Wellington offers visitors
a chance to buy goods ranging from locally produced cheeses to New Age crystals.
Taunton is served mainly by the M5 motorway, while the A38 and A39 also provide
access. For rail travellers, the town has its own mainline station, while those
arriving by air can fly to Bristol Airport and then take a road or rail transfer.
Selection of hotels in this region:
Corner House Hotel
Castle Hotel at Taunton
The White Hart Hotel
The Mount Somerset
Holiday Inn Taunton M5, Junction 25
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full list of hotels and online booking